Fences are the unsung heroes of our gardens, providing privacy, security, and even a bit of visual flair. But like anything else that's exposed to the elements, they need some TLC to stay strong and beautiful. Here's a quick guide to keeping your fence panels in top shape:

Regular Inspection and Cleaning

The key to fence maintenance is catching problems early. Aim for a good inspection twice a year, checking for:

  • Loose fittings: Tighten any screws, nails, or bolts that have come loose
  • Warping or rotting panels: Replace damaged sections if needed
  • Mildew or mould: Scrub with a solution of soapy water and rinse thoroughly. For stubborn cases, a fungicidal wash might be required


Cleaning Techniques

For a general clean, a good scrub with a stiff brush and soapy water usually does the trick. For tougher grime or mildew, you can consider a power washer, but be careful! Use a low-pressure setting to avoid damaging the wood.

Protective Treatments

Wood preservatives and stains are your fence's best friends. They shield it from moisture, UV rays, and insect damage. Here's a rundown of the different options:

  • Water repellents: These need reapplication every 1-2 years
  • Stains: Last around 4 years and come in various colours
  • Paints: Offer the longest protection (up to 8 years) and a solid colour

Re-applying Treatment

When it's time to re-stain or repaint, prep work is key. Remove any loose paint or stain, clean the surface, and allow it to dry completely before applying a fresh coat. Choose a dry day with mild temperatures for best results.


By following these simple steps, you can ensure your fence panels stay strong, weatherproof, and add beauty to your garden for years to come.

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